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Recent Legal Issues And Problems Relating To Acts Of Piracy Off Somalia

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The forms of intimidation typically took the form of deliberate ramming of Irish fishing vessels, destruction of nets and other interferences of a less serious nature such as 'close-quartering' such Irish vessels – all being essentially violent acts interfering with legitimate Irish fishing activities. The basic phraseology of the initial definitional aspects of piracy in the failed Bill following the law of the sea terminology in Article 101(a) of the Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC) – such as what constitutes unlawful means – put 'unlawful violence' at the heart of the definition; and it clearly indicated that robbery or theft is not a necessary element of the international crime, as is borne out by use of the disjunctive phrase or any act of depredation.

Keywords:Article 101(a); Irish fishing vessels; Law of the Sea Convention; piracy

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